India: Orissa’s Christians, one year later

The government of the Indian state of Orissa has decided to close its refugee camps, resulting in most of the resident returning to their towns. However, Aid to the Church in Need warns that Christians still cannot return to their homes over fears of a new outbreak of violence, one year after the violent attacks by Hindu fundamentalists in the region.

Reporter Anto Akkara told ACN that many of the Christians who have not yet been able to return are living in the slums of Bhubaneswar in Orissa, fearing that the government will not guarantee their security.

…. During last August’s attacks against Christians, more than 70 people were killed, 5,031 homes were attacked and 171 churches were targeted.

via One year after attacks, Indian Christians still live in fear.

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